All It Takes
"All It Takes" is the third album by Multi-Panel, the solo project of Ludo Maas. Native to the Netherlands, Ludo has been perfecting his style of loop based electronic music pared with vocals and acoustic guitar. On "All It Takes", Maas blends Lo-fi IDM with Americana, creating a decidedly cinematic experience. Each track blends to the next like scenes in a movie. Nostalgic guitar rifts become the canvas for the synthetic flourishes and expressive synth work. Drum beats and vocals, come and go, on a tidal schedule. The end result is a rich and complex suite of songs that demands to be listened to from start to finish, like a good film. The album was inspired by Maas' new found love for the cinema, and accompanying soundtracks. Notable inspirations include Tangerine Dream's Risky Business, Howard Shore's After Hours, Jon Brion's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Patrick Leonard's At Close Range, Ennio Morricone's Days of Heaven, and Jon Hopkins' Monsters. Maas' musical influences include Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Múm, Colleen, Fennesz, Boards of Canada, Neil Young, Four Tet, and Postal Service.